Hughes Fowler Carruthers


Alex is a founding partner at Hughes Fowler Carruthers. He specialises in complex divorce and financial work and children’s work, in particular in international cases. His clients are high net worth individuals with complex legal issues including trusts and jurisdictional disputes.

Alex helped set up the Young Solicitors Family Law Association in 1998. He is a member of Resolution, the International Bar Association and a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Alex is a qualified mediator and collaborative lawyer and is featured in Spear’s Family Law Index’s ‘Top Recommended Family Lawyers’ list. Alex is also listed in Tatler Address Book’s Advisory as one of the leading family lawyers in their trusted network of influential and elite private client experts with “gilt-edged” expertise.

He is a trustee of the Royal Courts of Justice Citizens Advice Bureau and a regular commentator and speaker on family law.

Alex continues to be highly commended in the leading legal directories for his expertise. Chambers UK 2021 reconfirms Alex’s Band 1 ranking and praises his high-quality advice on both financial and children-related disputes, and commends his “massive experience in high and ultra high net worth mandates”. He was ranked Band 1 in Chambers UK 2020 and recognised as a “very bright” lawyer who “has good instincts and works incredibly hard”. Alex retains his Band 1 ranking in Chambers HNW 2021 and is recognised for being “a complete advocate for his clients. He is technically superb and represents his clients brilliantly”. Chambers HNW 2020 reconfirmed Alex’s Band 1 ranking, and recognises him as “an incredibly clever” litigator with particular expertise in complex high net worth divorce cases involving multi-jurisdictional financial arrangements. The guide further adds Alex has “always had great instincts” and notes“You can do business with him and get things sorted, and he knows the parameters of what is a sensible settlement and what is not.”

The Legal 500 UK 2021 inducts Alex into their Hall of Fame and describes him as a “highly respected” lawyer and “a tough negotiator who knows when to fight a case”. The Legal 500 UK 2020 recognises Alex as a ‘Leading Individual’ and describes him as a “highly regarded” lawyer who “does a brilliant job with tricky clients and is very good at keeping on top of details on complex cases”.

Alex’s interests include bridge. He studied science at Cambridge before qualifying as a solicitor in 1994. He practised at Bates, Wells & Braithwaite, first as a solicitor and then (from 1999) as a partner until the inception of Hughes Fowler Carruthers in 2001.

Recent News

16 Jul

Can the divorce courts be sped up?
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01 Jun

Partners Alex Carruthers and Mark Harper will be speaking at the Transcontinental Trusts: International Forum 2021 virtual conference
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25 May

Alex Carruthers speaks at Cross Border Planning: International 2021 virtual conference
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94 Chancery Lane
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Tel: +44 (0)20 7421 8383
DX: 251 London/Chancery Lane
Email: [email protected]

Academy Court
94 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1DT

Tel: +44 (0)20 7421 8383
DX: 251 London/Chancery Lane
Email: [email protected]

Legal 500 Top Tier
HFC Chambers UK 2021
Spear's family law
LexisNexis 2020